Approval & Release Dates, Getting Featured

03-19-2013, 09:26 PM
#1
Approval & Release Dates, Getting Featured

If I have a game that gets approved by Apple and then I wait 1 or 2 weeks to release it, does anyone know if that affects the likelihood of being featured in New & Noteworthy? Are there any drawbacks that anyone can think of in doing this?

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03-19-2013, 11:51 PM
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From experience, only high-profile games are featured if the release is delayed. Generally speaking, the featured games are selected from the typical Wednesday night release rush.



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03-20-2013, 12:26 PM
#3
My game, Krashlander, was delayed. It was released about 2 weeks after being approved. It was featured in New and Noteworthy, so it is possible to get featured even if you delay your release.
03-20-2013, 12:47 PM
#4
The same as Jeff: we delayed 1 week and our game was in N&N. I don't think there's any relationship between delaying and being featured; it's only a matter of quality.
03-20-2013, 05:22 PM
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They have a two-week gap from where they select featured games, I haven't seen any earlier than 2 weeks.

I also heard that they ask developers to delay their releases so Apple can feature their game.



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03-21-2013, 12:34 AM
#6
Good information, thanks everyone.

It makes sense that they'll chose their N&N from the pool that actually released in the last week, but I just wanted to double-check in case anyone has contradictory information.

BTW I was looking through iTunes and I couldnt find the list of recent releases. Is that gone? I remember you used to be able to get a listing of any recently released games, and the positioning on that list (if sorting by date) was determined by when the game was approved, rather than when it released.

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03-21-2013, 12:40 AM
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Long gone, since iOS 6. It's the one reason my iPhone is still on iOS 5.



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